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Old 05-17-2010, 10:33 PM   #946
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And this is the man himself.

He came to Canada by sailboat (the same one he lived on for 3 years in the bay here) from England by way of Hawaii. He thought it would be a good idea to go somewhere nice and warm first!

Since his passing, the federal government has acceded to our request to name the point off the north end of the island after him. It is now officially Long Point.

You have to be somebody pretty special to have a geographical location named after you. And Ted was certainly that.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:45 PM   #947
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This little table you see here is made from arbutus wood. The top was cut out of a log that was laying on the ground when we got here. No idea how long that may have been. It was done with the alaska mill.

But there's a little story that goes with it.

I was trying to find a thinner chain than the usual 3/8 which is on most, if not all, of the bigger saws.

I found an experimental bar and chain made by an outfit over in Langley. It made a thinner cut, and thus was easier to use.

However, the first chain broke after less than 5 minutes use. Hmmm...very odd.

So, I put the next one on...same thing. This was getting old really fast. I had one chain left. I tried babying it by cutting slower. Didn't work.

When I went back to the dealer he wasn't the least bit interested in helping me at all. So I went over to the manufacturer. They found that the tip had not been fastened properly to the end of the bar (dealer's fault) and they fixed it for me on the spot. Also re-hardened the bar and gave me another chain, as well as the pieces to fix my other chains.

It transpired that the loose tip was setting up a vicious vibration, sufficient to break the pins holding the chain together.

It's a problem I had never had before, nor have I had since.
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Here's one of Ted sitting at the table. I wish the photo had been better.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:50 PM   #949
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Not sure when this was taken...likely around the early 2,000's. The plantings are starting to mature, and that didn't happen right away.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:53 PM   #950
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I would guess this was taken at the same time. It's the other end of the cabin. You can see the water tank I built. Strictly temporary, made of chainsawed fir of all things, and lined with about six layers of 6 mil poly.

I finally disassembled it late last year. And it was still holding water!
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When we first started our solar system, we had only two panels. They were (still are) Uni Solar 64's. I made this little mount and put casters on the bottom so I could roll it around and face the sun.

You needed to be doing this every hour or so in order to get the most out of them. I can't tell you how many times we would forget all about them while we were busy doing something else.

They are on the floor of the future studio.
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The studio is just a 16' square building with the corners knocked off. It isn't an octagon, even though it does have 8 sides. Early framing here.
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...and this time with some rafters in place.
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For years, the missus has complained about the squirrels cleaning out all her bird seed. She usually gets it either 20 lbs or sometimes 40 lbs at a time. I think it's a safe bet that the birds get maybe 5% of that. The rest goes to fatten the squirrels.

A couple of years ago, she was given a squirrel proof feeder. Works great. But she continued to fill the non squirrel proof feeder up as well!

Just this last week, she got herself another squirrel proof feeder - different from the first one.

The squirrels have been amusing us with their antics to try and figure out how to get into it. So far, the score is birds 1, squirrels 0. Pic later.
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The wife made that little feeder. Yes, it has a chimney, but no fireplace. And yes, that is Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass in both ends.

Nothing is too good for her feathered friends. She hasn't got around to putting in the wall to wall carpet yet...
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The new feeder with Mr. and Mrs. American Goldfinch visiting.

It's interesting to note that even though the goldfinches are seen here every year, they have never been on any of the other feeders. They love this one.

So far we have also had Oregon Junco's, Mountain Chickadees, Pine Siskins and Nuthatches visit this feeder.
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You know, I would agree with you just to be polite, but after 35 years in Public Education, I observe, perhaps irrelevantly, that 'some' people, are tired of cell phones..etc..and are very quietly seeking an alternative lifestyle, and your path, would be 'absorbed' by them, not so much as a lecturn/teaching, mode but as "Ya know..I might be able to follow this path, learn, and enjoy life on a different plain!" Perhaps you don't know what a "diamond in the rough"..you are..but you are happy at what you do..and that is Nirvana! Continue the saga..it is such a wonderful chance to see, learn, and appreciate! And yes, I plan to come and 'find' you, some time next week..will give you 'heads up"..just seemingly soooo much to do here..which is prolly irrelavant to 90% of the world!
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I know just what you mean. Here we have had the best of intentions to get certain things done...and something else always seems to pop up to interfere.

Except for filling the neighbours' new woodshed, I think we are finished (for now) over there. The wife even got a coat of some old stain we had here on their woodshed.
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Many of the logs I milled with the Alaska mill were not off the property. Sometimes I would snag one from the ocean, bring it up on the beach at high tide, then cut it when the water receded.

I would then use the trusty old B & D super sawcat to do the ripping.
those 8-1/4 super sawcats were the best saw ever made. between that and my Skil wormdrive i could cut anything and always see the blade. sad day when they phased the cat out
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...isn't that just the truth.

I went through three armatures with that thing and it just kept on ticking. Finally, something right in the drive itself quit and I couldn't get the parts to repair it.

Now we are reduced to throw away saws made in who-knows-where.

Number one son gave me that saw as a fathers' day present so far back I can't even remember when it was. Cost him $250 at the time. Pretty rich for a kid in those days.

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